Acorn Storage maximises racking safety for The Body Shop

Acorn Storage Racking

Specialist pallet racking supplier and installer, Acorn Storage, provides Warehouse Partners’ solution to successfully increase safety at The Body Shop’s West Sussex distribution centre.

Following an incident of a pallet falling from height, international beauty brand The Body Shop carried out stringent health and safety assessments in January 2016 of one of its warehouses, based in Littlehampton, West Sussex.

Horizontal meshing installed on the racking in 2014 within the wider aisles allowed for the storage of smaller 800mm Euro pallets alongside larger standard sized pallets. The size difference between the Euro pallets and the larger 900mm frame width of the racking meant the space available was unsuitable.

A Route Cause Analysis investigation found that the horizontal meshing had acted as a sliding board for any pallets that were lifted onto the shelving.

“The main problem that needed addressing was the health and safety of the pedestrians working in the racking aisles below,” explained Caleb Howard, senior sales engineer at Acorn Storage. “The wide aisles have a lot of operatives order picking on the ground level, which meant the potential risk for pallet fall-through from a 10m height, and for serious injury.”

Acorn Storage Equipment Ltd is a supplier and installer of pallet racking and shelving. It approached warehouse safety products supplier Warehouse Partners to provide a suitable solution that would increase safety and prevent further pallet fall-though incidents.

“We asked our South of England preferred storage equipment supplier, Acorn Storage Equipment Ltd, if they could provide a suitable netting solution. They suggested working with Warehouse Partners,” said The Body Shop’s Rob Goodwin.

The recommended RackNets 3.0 system has a load capacity of up to 1000kg, and will successfully contain the fall-out of pallets from racking. Extension of the warehouse racking uprights and the addition of bracing members allowed the net to extend beyond the top pallet, maximising the safety benefits.

Following successful installation, no other health and safety pallet racking incidents have occurred.

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